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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

1. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for 3 hours with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

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Lisbon: Small Group Scenic Sightseeing Tour by Minivan

2. Lisbon: Small Group Scenic Sightseeing Tour by Minivan

Get the full Lisbon experience on a comprehensive small group tour of its sights, sounds, and flavors. Visit famous sights, such as the Christ the King statue, and journey through typical neighborhoods. Your guide will take you back to the 16th-century “Age of Discoveries” in Belém. Learn about Portuguese navigators, stop in front of the 500-year-old Torre de Belém, and see the Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline architecture. Experience the exquisite taste of a Pasteis de Belém (custard tart), originally created by the monks. Return to the present day, and cross the bridge named for the date of the Portuguese Revolution (Ponte 25 de Abril), the day the Salazar dictatorship ended in 1974. Get some of the best views of Lisbon from the Christ the King statue (optional entrance for an additional fee). Next, learn about “The City of Seven Hills” (“A Cidade das Sete Colinas”) from some of the miradouros (“Golden Views”) observation points, and see for yourself why they have been rewarded such a poetic title. End your tour on Largo do Carmo in the Chiado district, and stand at the site of the Carnation Revolution of 1974 that brought the years of dictatorship to an end.

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Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore the best of Lisbon on this private 6-hour electric tuk-tuk tour with a break for lunch. Lisbon is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, full of history, culture, and nice food, with its location next to the Tagus that seduces everyone. On this private tour you will have the opportunity to feel the true soul of Lisbon, visiting the most typical neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, and Mouraria as well as the more contemporary and trendy districts like Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Príncipe Real. You will have the opportunity to take a break next to the best viewpoints and contemplate overwhelming views over the city. You will also learn about the Portuguese Age of Discoveries in the historical Belém district. Try the famous and delicious Pastéis de Belém. Skip the line at the overcrowded shop and will be delighted with the original custard tarts. Each tuk-tuk takes up to 6 people and accesses narrow streets that larger vehicles cannot reach.

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Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

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What people are saying about Chiado

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This tour was the perfect way to kick off a visit in Lisbon. The guide I was with, Nadia, was incredible and had so much local knowledge to share -- history of Portugal and Lisbon, and many local recommendations for my trip. The pastel de nata with espresso and tram ride were perfect additions. Highly recommend this tour!

Knowledgeable and accommodating guide to make adjustments during the tour that best fits the group.

Nadia was an excellent guide in every way. Loved my time with her.

It was a relaxed walking tour. Noemi was a great guide.

Learned a lot about Lisbon and visited many landmarks.